This is a question you may have considered with colleagues within your HR team or those focused on employee well-being – what did you come up with? It can bring up a range of thinking – for example ‘is it my responsibility to help my employees quit or to ensure that their habit has least impact possible on the majority?’ or ‘how do I approach someone who smokes and suggest quitting would be right for them?’ – the very idea of encouraging smokers to quit could be a minefield in itself, a delicate balance is certainly needed, and if met, can lead to everybody in your organisation benefiting.
Research from British Heart Foundation (BHF) & Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) found that smoking breaks cost employers £1,815 a year for each full-time member of staff who lights up during working hours. Additionally, a CEBR review of 300,000 smokers (from data provided by Office for National Statistics) found that smokers also take 70% of an extra day's sick leave per year more than non-smokers. And in the case of long-term absence from work, employers may need to allocate work to others in the team or hire a temp, naturally this external hiring comes with cash and time costs on recruitment and training. Stats vary by industry but you get the idea – if you want to get a more personalised cost of smoking to your organisation, give this handy calculator a go: 28days.org.uk/companycostcalculator
So, what can you do to help your employees quit smoking?
Ultimately, the decision to quit smoking lies with the individual employee. But there are a few things employers can do to show their support for those trying to quit.
If you are committed to helping your employees quit smoking without any of the ‘headache’, do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
28 Days provide a digital and telephone sessions, tailored to all types of working hours with clinics running from 8am-8pm Monday – Thursday, 8am-5pm Friday and 10am-1pm Saturday. Our NCST trained Quit Coaches can offer behaviour change support to assist with the quit journey, resources, digital tools and advice on pharmacotherapy and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).